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Kennewick Planning Commission Recommends City Council Re-Zone Land Along Columbia Drive

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The Kennewick Planning Commission is moving right along with their Bridge to Bridge Development Plan. The Kennewick Planning Commission is moving right along with their Bridge to Bridge Development Plan.
KENNEWICK, WA - The Kennewick Planning Commission is moving right along with their Bridge to Bridge Development Plan.

On Monday, members voted three to two in favor of recommending the city council to re-zone some of the land along Columbia Drive. If the Kennewick City Council does approve the re-zoning, the land would go from "Commercial, General" to "Commercial, Community."

Most people that NBC Right Now spoke with were land or business owners in the area - and most of them wanted clarification on the effects the re-zone would have on them.

The re-zoning won't affect current businesses in the area. In fact, the re-zone is an interim step before a bridge to bridge plan is implemented in the future. This particular re-zone is meant to stop any new businesses from forming that would create a conflict with future zoning requirements with the development plan.

"It affects different property owners in different ways, but the majority of uses are conforming and will stay conforming in the area being re-zoned so the vast majority won't be affected at all," Kennewick Planning Director Greg McCormick explained.

Businesses in the area now will still be able operate as normal even if they don't match with the re-zoning, under the "grandfather clause." The businesses can sell their land or business if they want, but expansion of non-conforming businesses is limited to 25%.

Again, the planning commission only recommended the city council re-zone the area. No action was taken. 
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